Physics of Collisionless Shocks

Space Plasma Shock Waves

  • André Balogh
  • Rudolf A. Treumann

Part of the ISSI Scientific Report Series book series (ISSI, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Collisionless Shock Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 3-5
    3. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 7-43
    4. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 45-123
    5. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 125-148
    6. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 149-220
    7. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 221-331
    8. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 333-398
    9. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 399-403
  3. Applications: Two Kinds of Collisionless Shocks in the Heliosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 407-409
    3. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 411-461
    4. André Balogh, Rudolf A. Treumann
      Pages 463-494
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 495-500

About this book

Introduction

The present book provides a contemporary systematic treatment of shock waves in high-temperature collisionless plasmas as are encountered in near Earth space and in Astrophysics. It consists of two parts. Part I develops the complete theory of shocks in dilute hot plasmas under the assumption of absence of collisions among the charged particles when the interaction is mediated solely by the self-consistent electromagnetic fields. Such shocks are naturally magnetised implying that the magnetic field plays an important role in their evolution and dynamics. This part treats both subcritical shocks, which dissipate flow energy by generating anomalous resistance or viscosity, and supercritical shocks. The main emphasis is, however, on super-critical shocks where the anomalous dissipation is insufficient to retard the upstream flow. These shocks, depending on the direction of the upstream magnetic field, are distinguished as quasi-perpendicular and quasi-parallel shocks which exhibit different behaviours, reflecting particles back upstream and generating high electromagnetic wave intensities. Particle acceleration and turbulence at such shocks become possible and important. Part II treats planetary bow shocks and the famous Heliospheric Termination shock as examples of two applications of the theory developed in Part I.

Keywords

Bow Shocks Collisionless Shocks Internal and External Shocks Interstellar Matter Particle Acceleration Solar Corona Stellar Winds Supercritical Flows Supercritical Shocks Termination Shocks

Authors and affiliations

  • André Balogh
    • 1
  • Rudolf A. Treumann
    • 2
  1. 1., The Blackett LaboratoryImperial College LondonBerkhamstedUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6099-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6098-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6099-2
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